The winning of first place on Saturday night was so symbolic in many ways of Rosela’s struggle, the BE program in Haiti’s struggle, and the struggle of the Haitian people themselves. To succeed, each must overcome overwhelming obstacles. And overcome we do. Rosela’s steady, gritty-yet-poised resilience and faith shone through in bringing her to that point. When they arrived back at their rooms Saturday night, Rosela got on her knees to thank God as they all prayed and sang together for at least an hour. Rosela knows that all the glory goes to Him.
This is also representative of the BE story in Haiti. The program was launched in 2014 to much fanfare, but then almost immediately ran into challenge after challenge. They trained 300 students the first year but had no coaches to take them to the next level so they all melted away. They lost their national leader. They trained 15 certified teachers but for various reasons, within a short time, only 2 remained. But those two, Pastor Tami Firman and Monique Cesar Guillaume, pressed on, completing at least one round of classes each of the following years, holding competitions, and preparing for the International Competition. The obstacles continued to mount as winner after winner was denied their visas to attend. So, in a way, they were not surprised that even though Rosela had a visa, they faced such major obstacles. The conference theme of Spiritual Warfare was being played out right in front of them. But Monique and Tami are fighters. They refused to give up, even under the most daunting circumstances, believing in the program and believing in God’s desire to use it as a tool to lift Haiti. Rosela’s victory was incredibly sweet, a sense that God was saying to them, “Well done, good and faithful servants. This is a taste of the fruit that comes from not giving up.”